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Applying What Scientists Know about WHERE and HOW People Work Best (e-File)

The International Facility Management Association’s (IFMA) Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) and the IFMA Foundation present a definitive workplace strategy guide, “Applying What Scientists Know about WHERE and HOW People Work Best” by Dr. Sally Augustin. Workplace strategies are a frequent topic of lively debates rooted in strong opinions. This comprehensive repository of research organizes the tremendous body of empirical study that has been conducted in the social and physical sciences which is applicable to workplace managers and designers.

 Workplace strategies are often presented in simple black and white.  For example, which is better, open office layouts or private offices? For facility management professionals, the answers to these questions should almost always be it depends. What are you hoping to achieve? What is your work culture like? How do your people work? Using the built environment as a tool to achieve specific goals has been the subject of a great deal of academic and professional research. This guide is a roadmap to help answer the only question that really matters: what workplace strategy is right for my organization?

 This more than 50-page report includes relevant excerpts from studies, reports and articles that can be easily referenced by facility management professionals. Full bibliographical information is included for each excerpt.

 The report was published with support from Nancy Johnson-Sanquist, IFMA Foundation Knowledge Management Committee Chair, WE Sr. Advisor, and IFMA Research Committee member and the sponsorship of the IFMA Corporate Facilities Council (CFC) and Kimball Office. Without their financial support this publication would not be possible.   

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